encryption

Government and Main Parties Point the Finger at Social Media for Terrorist Attack

David Elston's picture

While Manchester still grieves, there are those who have already started using the event to further their own political agenda.

As soon as the election is over, the government will seek to immediately pass new powers allowing the police and MI5 to remove all encryption from services such as WhatsApp and Facebook, despite social media providers' stringent opposition to any action weakening encryption. Further to this, non-partisan professionals such as Open Rights Group (ORG) have also continually raised their opposition to providing a back door to encryption, since it entirely destroys the concept of security.

Despite both campaigners and business professionals warning against it, the government is locked on this dangerous course.

Leaked document reveals secret government plan to disrupt encryption

On May 4th, 2017, the Open Rights group released a document detailing government plans to install backdoors enabling them to intercept real-time communications of up to 10,000 people.

By doing so Amber Rudd’s plan to ban end to end encryption will come to reality. This will not only force any company with more than 10,000 users to let government organisations view in real time the communications of any of their users, but by doing so will enable any hacker in the world with the codes to access the "hand-over point", but it gets worse. This hand-over point is chosen by the warrant issuer to ensure real-time access, that will mean that potentially insecure nodes will be used to pass messages onto agents, nodes that can easily be hacked.

While the Pirate Party UK sees the value of reading the messages of suspected criminals, doing so at the almost certain cost of sharing user messages to anyone in the world. This is yet another example of how government ministers misunderstanding basic principles of IT and jumping to solutions, then pushing these proposals through in secret

Amber Rudd will break encryption

Sunday, 26 March, 2017 - 17:45

Today Home Secretary Amber Rudd claimed that end-to-end encryption is "absolutely unacceptable" when referring to how she believed terrorists primarily communicate.

Your Government has failed you

Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 - 23:15

Today we have heard the saddening news that the IP Bill has been through the 3rd and final reading in Parliament, and is now subject only to Royal Assent. In short, it is now inevitable that the bill will become law. That such an intrusive bill can become law, supported by both major parties, is a saddening indictment of the current state of politics.

 

Pirate Party Spokesperson for Young People, Michael Moriarty said:

Pirate Party UK Adopts Security Certificates from Let's Encrypt

Monday, 18 April, 2016 - 12:00

The Pirate Party recognises the importance of Web encryption to protect personal and business information that flow over the Internet. Such data is exchanged more and more frequently, and users often don't even know when it's happening. It's clear at this point that encrypting is something all of us should be doing for our own security and privacy.

Leader's Update: #SaferInternetDay 2016

David Elston's picture

#SaferInternetDay is a mixed day for Pirates. Of course it's important to stay safe online but often promoting safety online gets muddied with discouraging people to use emerging technologies for fear something bad might happen.


We take risks both online and offline. Should we really treat our online lives any differently? As we all know, there are a variety of ways we can keep ourselves safe online and the Pirate Party has been campaigning hard for over six years to protect our right to essential practices like encryption and anonymity.


Let's all share ways of being safe online and remember the purpose of this; we want to be safe so that we can enjoy our digital environment.


I continue to offer my full support to anyone who would offer us increased protection online without infringing on our freedoms or civil liberties.


Stay safe out there


David A Elston

Pirate Party Deputy Leader

Cameron calls on web firms to drop encryption for spies' sake

Cameron wants security services to read your private chats on social media by getting tech firms to drop encryption. The former leader of the Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, thinks Cameron’s anti-encryption moves are ill-thought out, and could spell disaster.

Friday, 3 July, 2015 - 14:45

PGP Keysigning at the PPUK Conference

Peter Brett's picture

In a world where the capability to intercept and/or forge communications is ever increasing, it is becoming more and more important to have a trustworthy way to ensure that an e-mail is actually from who it claims to be from, or to ensure that only the intended recipient can read its contents.  One widely-used communications security system is Pretty Good Privacy (or PGP), and in particular the GNU Privacy Guard implementation.